Torsion Box Workbench - aka - my first bench #3: Tom's Torsion Box - learning curve

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 09-30-2012 03:38 PM 4233 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I’m showing my newbieness at this. I had to go to Lowes to get another sheet of plywood this morning because the cuts I made on one yesterday turned out to be unworkable. I have 2, 4, and 6? foot guide clamps that it is my first time using, but i thought it would be the same as nailing two 1×6’s together as a guide. Apparently not. I was going to try to salvage the two pieces I messed up but I think it would change the dimensions a bit too much. Cutting straight seems like such a basic skill until you have to do it :D

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 04:48 PM

Good luck! Everyone makes costly mistakes. I hope you can recover.

If you post pictures, someone may have a recovery suggestion but it sounds like you are ready to start fresh.

I am tempted by the torsion top workbench too as I do not know how I would manage to build one with the weight of the solid top. I am reading your progress reports!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 05:53 PM

You know, after looking at it, it’s not as bad as I thought. Though if I trim it down, I’ll be about eh an 1/8 short or so?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades

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#3 posted 09-30-2012 05:56 PM

I used tortion boxes for two work areas in my shop. I think you’ll be very happy with the strength.

Are you useing a tablesaw or circular saw to make your cuts?

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#4 posted 09-30-2012 06:26 PM

I’m using a circular saw – don’t trust my table saw with these big sheets – but wishing I’d built a jig to cut the 16×72 piece, which is the one in the above picture that I flubbed.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 02:13 AM

Ah, I remember having a circular saw. Handy for many things. Looks like you are learning a few new skills along the way. Keep us advised of your progress

-- Norman

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